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Five LA Angels Prospects that could make Opening Day Roster

By David Rice
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 07: Ty Buttrey #31 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the ninth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field on September 7, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim won 5-2. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 07: Ty Buttrey #31 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the ninth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field on September 7, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim won 5-2. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 07: Ty Buttrey #31 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the ninth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field on September 7, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim won 5-2. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 07: Ty Buttrey #31 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the ninth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field on September 7, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim won 5-2. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) /

Ty Buttrey – Right-Handed Reliever – 

This may seem like a no-brainer since Buttrey pitched all of September with the Angels and was the closer most of the month converting four saves in six opportunities.  Buttrey is 6’6 and 240 pounds and is a guy I wouldn’t want to get mad. However, he is actually a good guy and was very generous with his time when I interviewed him last September.

What is even better is his lightning bolt that is disguised as his right arm.  Buttrey can bring it in the mid-to-high 90’s and shows a lot of poise on the mound. He will be a part of what could potentially be a very strong bullpen with Cody Allen as the closer and Justin Anderson and eventually Keynan Middleton in the set-up roles.

The bullpen may end up being too full for Buttery to make the club out of Spring Training, but if he does not make the Angels roster from the get go he will almost assuredly be called up very early in the season if anyone gets injured or starts to falter.

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